A South Korean official told reporters at the White House today that President Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid pledges from the North to stop nuclear and missile tests. Trump had teased the upcoming remarks as “almost beyond” talks after a South Korean delegation briefed U.S. officials for hours on the results of a recent meeting with Kim. The Koreas are planning to hold a leadership summit in April while Trump’s meeting with Kim is set to occur by May.
The Presidential Daily Brief
President Donald Trump has officially approved steep and controversial new import duties on steel and aluminum, despite opposition from 107 House Republicans who had asked him to reconsider. Yesterday, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Canada and Mexico will initially be exempt — but that a permanent deal will depend on what concessions they make in NAFTA renegotiations. China’s foreign minister, meanwhile, has cautioned that trade war is a “mistaken prescription.” The new tariffs — 25 percent on steel, 10 percent on aluminum — reportedly take effect in 15 days.
Over the objections of some state Democrats and the NRA, Florida lawmakers passed a bill that puts millions of dollars toward arming teachers, but also imposes a three-day waiting period and a minimum age of 21 to buy certain weapons. The bill, backed by the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims, does not ban assault rifles. It’s unclear whether Gov. Rick Scott, who has opposed arming educators, will sign it. Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited the Parkland school, but students say she refused to meet with them.
In an incident that’s heightening tensions between the U.K. and the Kremlin, British officials now say a nerve agent was used on a former Russian double agent and his daughter last weekend in southwestern England. The case is being treated as an attempted murder. Sergei Skripal, 66, and 33-year-old Yulia remain in critical condition, while a policeman who responded to the incident is also seriously ill. The Kremlin, the suspected culprit behind the 2006 poisoning of a Putin critic living in London, has denied being involved.
The TPP is dead — long live the CPTPP. That’s the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement among 11 countries led by Japan and Canada that’ll be signed today in Santiago. President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the TPP shortly after his inauguration, but said he could be lured back in with more favorable terms. The CPTPP will be one of the world’s three largest trade agreements, covering 500 million people, and is meant to offer a “signal of openness,” according to Chile’s foreign minister.
Know This: On International Women’s Day, women in Spain have gone on strike en masse for the first time to protest discrimination and gendered violence. A new study claims that bones found on a Pacific island are those of Amelia Earhart. And President Trump has reportedly spoken to multiple people interviewed in the Robert Mueller investigation about their testimony, despite legal advice to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Read This: China’s vineyards are helping the country make its mark around the world — but also revitalizing its rural economy.
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The clock isn’t ticking. That what some Europeans discovered during the last month, when the Continent’s electric timepieces slowed by nearly six minutes. On Wednesday, ENTSOE, an association of European electricity suppliers, said a feud between Serbia and Kosovo over energy pricing had reduced power for a 25-nation grid, causing all non-quartz electric clocks, which calibrate themselves by their energy supply, to slow down. ENTSOE urged a prompt end to the conflict and suggested that in the meantime Europeans should manually adjust their clocks.
It’s signed, sealed and delivered. The Show-Me State failed to make the shortlist to host Amazon’s second headquarters, but now the tech giant’s announced that it’ll open a $175 million fulfillment center in St. Peters, a suburb of St. Louis. Amazon will snag nearly $8 million in tax breaks and another $3 million in incentives, while the area will see about 1,500 new full-time jobs. Meanwhile, the company announced it’ll alter Alexa’s laughter prompts after customers complained about their devices breaking into unsettling and seemingly spontaneous laughter.
This week the FDA approved 23andMe’s $199 home test for mutations linked to breast cancer. The first consumer product of its kind, it targets three specific gene mutations that are most common in people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent: Women with one of them have a 45 to 85 percent chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 70. 23andMe, which hopes to offer tests for other variants soon, warned that its test does not actually diagnose cancer, and the FDA noted that most cancer isn’t caused by hereditary mutations.
If you frame it, they will come. The United Arab Emirates is increasingly bringing hard-to-obtain art to a global audience, transporting elusive pieces from places like Iran, North Korea, Yemen and Syria, where art lovers may not be able to travel themselves. UAE’s relative prosperity and stability, along with its more than 50 major galleries, have made it an important crossroads in the art trade. Now its capital, Abu Dhabi, is upping the ante with the construction of the first Guggenheim Museum outside the Americas and Europe.
During last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, senior quarterback Tyler Goodman was barricaded in his coach’s office for three hours with representatives from Nichols College. He listened, along with his coach and the recruiters, to gunshots and occasional news from a radio. “We kind of formed a bond,” said Goodman, who decided shortly afterwards to attend the Division 3 school in Dudley, Massachusetts. Goodman hopes to wear number 17 to honor his 17 classmates, teachers and coaches who died in the massacre.